Baker-Polito Administration Announces Grants for Coastal Communities to Combat Effects of Climate Change
BOSTON – August 21, 2015 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced over $2.2 million in grants to support local efforts to reduce risks from coastal storms, flooding, erosion and sea level rise. The grants, provided by the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), were awarded to Barnstable, Boston, Brewster, Chelsea, Dennis, Edgartown, Essex, Falmouth, Lynn, New Bedford, Plymouth, Quincy, Sandwich/Barnstable, Scituate and Winthrop.
“These grants are part of our administration’s commitment to helping the Commonwealth’s cities and towns address the impacts of coastal storms and the effects of a changing climate in new, innovative and effective ways.” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “With these programs and others, we will ensure that Massachusetts continues to be a leader in addressing climate change.”
“Coastal communities face significant challenges from flooding, erosion and other impacts of storms, challenges that are exacerbated by climate change,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “These projects provide communities both the funding and the technical assistance needed to proactively protect important infrastructure and coastal shoreline habitats and natural resources.”
CZM’s Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program and the Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Grant Program advance local efforts to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, as well as implement measures that use natural or non-structural approaches as a viable alternative to hard structures like seawalls and groins. Grants can be used for planning, feasibility assessment, analysis of shoreline vulnerability, design, permitting, construction and monitoring for projects that provide storm damage protection and enhance natural resources.
“These grant programs have proven very successful for developing local tools, techniques, and on-the-ground actions to address coastal storm damage issues,” said CZM Director Bruce Carlisle. “The lessons learned from the projects help inform plans and efforts in other coastal communities that are experiencing similar issues, further extending the reach of this grant funding.”
“Protection of coastal assets is vital to realizing our shared vision of a strong maritime economy,” said Carolyn Kirk, Vice Chair of the Seaport Economic Council. “The Commonwealth is approaching this issue in a coordinated way, and these grants provide another avenue for coastal communities to prepare for the future and increase their resiliency.”
“Boston is keenly aware of its vulnerability to sea-level rise and the other effects of climate change,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “We are working hard to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases and ensure that we are prepared for the changes that we cannot prevent. I want to thank the Commonwealth for this grant, which will give a significant boost to our climate preparedness effort.”
“These grants will have an immense and lasting impact on Massachusetts,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “The funding will allow Winthrop to improve its transportation infrastructure, save money and address public health concerns. I thank the Baker Administration, Secretary Beaton and Director Carlisle for their help in protecting our state's natural resources and making towns like Winthrop better places to live, work and raise a family.”
“I want to thank Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, and Secretary Beaton for not only their support of efforts to mitigate the effects of coastal erosion in the 1st Barnstable District, but more importantly for their collective hard work to understand the problems this issue poses to our fragile ecosystem and their strong follow through in being partners in finding a solution,” said State Representative Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster). “These generous grants will go a long way toward helping the towns in my legislative district develop sound, community based strategies to preserve our precious Cape Cod shores.”
“I'd like to thank Governor Baker and his administration for continuing to take the necessary steps in remaining proactive, insuring both additional funding and assistance is provided to best address the impacts of coastal storms as well as the effects of changing climate in our communities,” said State Senator Anthony Petruccelli (D-East Boston).
“I appreciate the Administration’s consideration in applying these funds to our local projects here in Falmouth, Plymouth, and Sandwich,” said State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth). “Protecting and maintaining our coastal infrastructure is of vital importance to the economy in our area and these projects will be a great benefit for us.”
Over $5 million has previously been awarded through these two grant programs to 27 different coastal cities, towns and non-profits for 37 projects. The following 16 projects have been funded through this year’s grants:
Project: Coastal Resiliency at Sandy Neck Public Beach Facility, $148,500
The Town of Barnstable will study wind and wave forces affecting the Sandy Neck shoreline and evaluate long-term management options for protecting the Public Beach Facility from storm and flood damages.
Project: Boston Climate Preparedness Planning Initiative, $350,000
The City of Boston, in partnership with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Green Ribbon Commission, will review and develop consensus on local climate change projections and impacts, identify vulnerabilities and develop an initial portfolio of actions to strengthen the resiliency of buildings, neighborhoods and infrastructure.
Project: Developing a Coastal Adaptation Strategy for Brewster, $159,474
The Town of Brewster will provide information to the public on the vulnerability of infrastructure and natural resources to flooding and erosion, gather input on community priorities and build consensus on local strategies that will enable the Town to respond and adapt to changing climate conditions.
Project: Designing Coastal Community Infrastructure for Climate Change, $90,000
The City of Chelsea will evaluate the vulnerability of municipal infrastructure to coastal flooding and sea level rise and identify local and regional strategies, including building retrofits and natural shoreline stabilization methods, to reduce future flood risks.
Project: Improving the Coastal Resiliency of Dr. Bottero Road and Chapin Beach, $73,125
The Town of Dennis will evaluate and design a natural and/or non-structural approach to reduce erosion and provide storm damage protection and flood control for Dr. Bottero Road while enhancing the resilience and natural function of the barrier beach.
Project: Improving the Coastal Resilience of Fuller Street/Lighthouse Beach and Lighthouse Pond, $62,250
The Town of Edgartown will complete permitting activities for a beach nourishment and dune restoration design for Fuller Street Beach that would restore habitat, improve the natural function of the barrier beach and provide recreational benefits to the Town.
Project: Increasing Resilience through Community Engagement: Facilitating Implementation of Climate Adaptation Strategies in the Great Marsh, $62,943
The Town of Essex, working with the National Wildlife Federation, Ipswich River Watershed Association and the Essex County Greenbelt Association, will develop informational packets and risk maps and conduct a regional workshop to expand public awareness of coastal vulnerabilities in the Towns of Essex, Salisbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley and Ipswich.
Project: Design and Permitting for Restoration at Chapoquoit Beach through Beneficial Reuse of Dredged Materials, $120,000
The Town of Falmouth will design and permit a beach restoration project for a critically eroded section of Chapoquoit Beach and coordinate with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to receive sand dredged from the Cape Cod Canal for future beach restoration projects.
Project: Lynn Waterfront Resiliency Assessment, $73,000
The City of Lynn will assess public infrastructure and natural resources at risk of flooding and sea level rise inundation and develop potential short, mid and long-term adaptation strategies to address high risk areas. The City will develop public outreach materials, including a web-based platform, to communicate vulnerability assessment results.
Project: New Bedford Sewer Pump Station Flood Proofing, $255,000
The City of New Bedford will evaluate flood proofing needs for nine of its most vulnerable sewer pump stations and design and permit the highest priority, least complex improvements to provide uninterrupted service during flood events.
Project: Warren Cove Cobble Nourishment, $73,350
The Town of Plymouth will complete final designs and permitting activities for adding sand, gravel and cobble along 900 feet of an eroded barrier beach to reduce damages to public infrastructure and restore natural coastal resources and habitat.
Project: Hydrodynamic Modeling and Community Education, $75,000
The City of Quincy will work with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to complete a coastal flooding and sea level rise vulnerability assessment and implement a community education program to inform and engage community members on coastal impacts and adaptation strategies.
Project: Assessment of Century Scale Sediment Budget for the Towns of Sandwich and Barnstable, $157,930
The Towns of Sandwich and Barnstable will study the volume, rate and direction of sand moving along the shoreline from the Cape Cod Canal to the easterly side of Barnstable Harbor. This data will help inform the design, evaluation and implementation of regional shoreline management efforts.
Project: Assessing Coastal Erosion, Sediment Transport and Prioritization Management Strategies for Shoreline Protection, $180,000
The Town of Scituate will study the effect of waves and the movement of sand and other sediment along the shoreline as a basis for identifying and prioritizing viable shoreline protection strategies.
Project: Lewis Lake Tide Gate Replacement and Structure Rehabilitation, $317,625
The Town of Winthrop will rehabilitate the existing tide gate at Lewis Lake to control flow and allow tidal exchange between Lewis Lake and Winthrop Harbor, helping to maximize available flood storage in the lake and reduce the extent of flooding.
Project: Coughlin Park Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study, $75,000
The Town of Winthrop will evaluate natural and non-structural shoreline protection approaches and develop conceptual plans for a preferred alternative that provides the most erosion control and improved wildlife habitat along the Coughlin Park shoreline.
The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is the lead policy and planning agency on coastal and ocean issues within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Through planning, technical and grant assistance and public information programs, CZM seeks to balance the impacts of human activity with the protection of coastal and marine resources. The agency’s work includes helping coastal communities address the challenges of storms, sea level rise and other effects of climate change; working with state, regional and federal partners to balance current and new uses of ocean waters while protecting ocean habitats and promoting sustainable economic development; and partnering with communities and other organizations to protect and restore coastal water quality and habitats.
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